Mark Schubin on “The Fandom of the Opera”

Mark's HPA Tech Retreat preso, and a Toronto SMPTE webcast

Mark Schubin discussed the intersection of TV technology and opera, and live broadcasting of the NYC Metropolitan Opera (Mark’s Emmy-winning day job), following the 2009 HPA Tech Retreat. By popular acclaim, he has posted his HPA presentation in PDF form (alternate link:, and a link to a SMPTE Toronto Section webcast of his very similar presentation last December.

The webcast is a WMV-format linked slideshow and video stream; it works fine in Windows. On Mac it doesn’t work at all in Safari 4 beta (at least on my PPC Mac; YMMV), while in Firefox the video opens up in a QuickTime Window (assuming you have the Flip4Mac WMV plugins), unlinked from the slideshow; best to download the HPA preso PDF and flip through it while Mark talks, or manually advance the slides on the website.

The webcast is an unedited meeting recording; Mark’s talk starts at the 21-minute mark. It’s worth the wait; Mark is an entertaining speaker, and the presentation is amusing, informative, and at times terrifying: you’ll never feel justified complaining about technical hurdles or short turnarounds on your live broadcasts ever again, after seeing what Mark & Co. go through on a weekly basis.

Adam Wilt

Adam Wilt

Adam Wilt has been working off and on in film and video for the past thirty years, while paying the bills writing software for animation, automation, broadcast graphics, and real-time control for companies including Abekas, Pinnacle, Omneon, CBS, and ABC. Since 1997 his website,, has been a popular reference for information on the DV formats. He has reviewed cameras for DV Magazine and written its “Technical Difficulties” column, and taught classes and led panels at NAB, IBC, and DV Expo. He co-authored the book,”Optimizing Your Final Cut Pro System”, part of the Apple Pro Training series.